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Five top HR fails in medical practices
Setting up a medical practice, employing practice staff, maybe taking on some other doctors as well? What could possibly go wrong? In this article, we consider five of the most common human resource management fails in medical practices that come across our desks.
The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Act: Changes to the National Law
The Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2022 has introduced amendments that impact over 30 areas of the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law. Special Counsel, Mia Campbell, and Paralegal, Jimmy Zhang, summarise the key changes and important details to watch for in an article published in the Australian Medical Association (Victoria)’s blog, Stethoscope.
A quantum comparison: assessment of damages around the world
In this quantum comparison report, we provide an overview of the approach to claims, capturing the insights from our medical negligence experts in Australia, Canada, France, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Latin America, Portugal, Spain and the UK.
Towards a consumer-centred mental health system? An exploration of the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022 (Vic)
On 6 September 2022, the Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022 (Vic) received Royal Assent. In this article we consider whether the Act has the capacity to deliver a fairer, more compassionate mental health system focussed on consumer recovery and support, a system which encourages a human rights-based culture to flourish.
Resolving practice disputes
Disputes arise even in the most successful medical practices, and often among partners or colleagues who have otherwise worked harmoniously. What can medical practices do to minimise the disruption caused by disputes?
Disclosing patient images: the importance of confidentiality
In this article we explore a recent decision of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal, which serves as a reminder of the importance of confidentiality in the doctor-patient relationship and the situations in which the disclosure of patient health information is prohibited.
The complexities of best interests decisions and the role of parents in clinical ethics committees’ process
In this article, which was originally published in the Australian Health Law Bulletin, our healthcare experts in Australia and the UK provide an overview of the recent decision of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust v Verden and consider its implications for clinical ethics committees.
Joining a medical practice as an owner
Joining an existing medical practice as an owner is a big step, both in terms of practitioners' medical career and their legal responsibilities. It is important for practitioners to properly understand what they are signing up to. In this article, Nicholas Blackmore discusses the different types of business structures and the factors practitioners should consider when joining a medical practice as an owner.
Case review 15/09/2022
Psychology Board of Australia v Frances: lessons for psychologists on the importance of maintaining professional boundaries
The recent decision of the Psychology Board of Australia v Frances (Review and Regulation)  VCAT 372 is a reminder to psychologists of the importance of establishing and maintaining professional boundaries with all clients. It is clear that failure to do so, even when the circumstances do not amount to exploitation or sexual conduct, can result in censure.
Senate Inquiry into AHPRA
In 2021, the Senate Community Affairs References Committee conducted an inquiry into AHPRA. Special counsel Mia Campbell and paralegal Jimmy Zhang review the Committee’s recent findings and consider whether their recommendations go far enough or, indeed, go too far.